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Pet Sounds

Pet Sounds is a 1966 album by Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys.

Essentially a Brian Wilson solo project, Pet Sounds was created after Wilson had stopped touring with the band and focused his attention on recording. Wilson created incredible layers of beautiful harmonies by the Beach Boys, sound effects and unusual instruments like bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, the theremin, and even dog whistles, on top of conventional keyboards and guitars.

Although not a big seller for the band originally, Pet Sounds has been massively influential since the day it was released. The Beatles, for example, have claimed that Pet Sounds was a major influence on the classic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and it is Paul McCartney's favorite album ("God Only Knows" is his favorite song).

Table of contents
1 Track listing
2 Personnel
3 Chart positions

Track listing

  1. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Asher/Love/Wilson)
  2. "You Still Believe in Me" (Asher/Wilson)
  3. "That's Not Me" (Asher/Wilson)
  4. "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" (Asher/Wilson)
  5. "I'm Waiting for the Day" (Love/Wilson)
  6. "Let's Go Away for Awhile" (Wilson)
  7. "Sloop John B." (Traditional)
  8. "God Only Knows" (Asher/Wilson)
  9. "I Know There's an Answer" (Love/Sachen/Wilson)
  10. "Here Today" (Asher/Wilson)
  11. "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" (Asher/Wilson)
  12. "Pet Sounds" (Wilson)
  13. "Caroline, No" (Asher/Wilson)
  14. "Hang on to Your Ego" (Sachen/Wilson)

1999, a Pet Sounds box set was released which included the original mono release, the first ever stereo release and 3 CDs of out-takes and rehearsals. Recordings from Brian Wilson's 2002 concert tour, in which he reproduced the whole album live on stage, were released as Pet Sounds Live.


Chart positions

Billboard Music Charts (North America) - album
1966	Pet Sounds	Pop Albums	         No. 10 
1990	Pet Sounds	The Billboard 200        No. 162
2001	Pet Sounds	Top Internet Albums	 No. 24
Billboard Music Charts (North America) - singles
1966	Caroline, No	        Pop Singles	  No. 32
1966	God Only Knows	        Pop Singles	  No. 39
1966	Sloop John B	        Pop Singles	  No. 3
1966	Wouldn't It Be Nice	Pop Singles	  No. 8

Range of modern influence can be found under Gothic rock.